Victoria School crowned 2015 National Table Cricket champions

26th Jun 2015
Victoria School crowned 2015 National Table Cricket champions

Victoria School, Poole, today (27 June) claimed victory at the Lord’s Taverners 2015 National Table Cricket Finals at the home of cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground. 

Hosted at the Nursery Pavilion, the national tournament concluded with 12 regional schools challenging for the 2015 title on Friday 26 June. It was Victoria School who claimed the championship having won their regional heat in Exeter before making their way to the national final and defeating Angmering School by 30 runs.

In its 17th year, the competition which is supported by the ECB and a number of trusts and foundations, saw over 500 youngsters with severe physical disabilities from schools across the UK participate in competitive cricket. Twelve schools from around the country represented their respective regions to compete for the 2015 national championship at the Lord’s Taverners 2015 National Table Cricket Finals:

• Angmering – West Sussex
• Fountaindale – Leicester
• Ralph Thoresby – Yorkshire
• South Gloucestershire – Bristol
• Suffolk One – Ipswich 
• Percy Hedley - Durham
• Fairfax School – West Midlands
• Victoria School – South West
• The Venerable Bede – Durham
• St Mary’s School – Yorkshire
• The Streetly Academy – West Midlands 
• Seven Kings High – London

Liam Drummond, team captain of Victoria School, commented:“This is my first year winning as captain, I always had faith in my team and to win a competition with your mates at Lord’s with this atmosphere is amazing.”

Played on a table tennis table with side panels and sliding fielders, a ball launcher, weighted plastic ball and wooden bat, table cricket enables young people with severe physical and learning disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

Duncan Lewis, Director of Fundraising, Partnerships and Events at the Lord’s Taverners commented:“It is fantastic to witness children with severe disabilities engage in sport and what’s more get involved in cricket. Table Cricket ensures that participants can experience playing at a competitive level and enjoy the benefits of being part of a team. Congratulations to Victoria School on their outstanding achievement today.” 

Responsible for the governance and strategic development of Table Cricket on behalf of the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Lord’s Taverners will be launching a development programme to enhance the accessibility of the sport which was originally developed for children with severe physical disabilities unable to access the more traditional form of cricket.

To accommodate the fast changing disability landscape, the Lord's Taverners has established a fully inclusive Pan Disability Table Cricket programme aimed at mainstream and special needs schools as well as community groups. With a target of reaching youngsters aged 12-25, the charity will work closely with County Boards to offer a pathway that feeds into the national competition with local, county and regional heats feeding in to the Lord’s Taverners National Finals.

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